Saudi Arabia: Arbitrary Detention and Torture of a 32 year-old Man for Two Years without Charge

KSA - News | 05 September 2016

On 2 September 2016 Alkarama wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of a 32 year-old Saudi citizen who was arrested without a mandate, in the region of Al-Qatif, by members of the intelligence forces of the Saudi Ministry of Interior. He has been detained at the Dammam Central Prison for almost two years without any charges and without having been presented before a judicial authority. During his detention he was subjected to severe torture and was denied the right to a legal counsel.

Syria: Raed Mahameed Reappears in Al Malikiyah Prison After Almost Two Years of Disappearance by the YPG

SYR - News | 05 September 2016

After almost two years of disappearance, on 6 June 2016, Raed Mahameed was able to receive a visit of his family in Al Malikiyah prison, in Syrian Kurdistan. His relatives had last visited him almost two years ago, on 4 November 2014 in the same detention centre before he had disappeared.

Egypt: Alkarama Alerts the UN of the Disappearance of a Lawyer

EGY - News | 05 September 2016

On 2 September 2016, Alkarama referred the case of Mohammad Mahmoud Sadeq Ahmed, an Egyptian lawyer who disappeared on 30 August, to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID). That day, Mahmoud Sadeq Ahmed was abducted by members of the police forces in Giza train station and has since gone missing, with the authorities refusing to provide information on him. His case adds to the thousands of disappearances that occurred in the country and that Alkarama has been extensively documenting in recent months.

Saudi Arabia: An Egyptian Citizen at Risk of Torture if Extradited

KSA - News | 05 September 2016

On 1 September 2016, Alkarama referred the case of Mohamed Said, an Egyptian citizen detained in Saudi Arabia, to the Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) Juan Méndez, in order to prevent his extradition from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, where he will be at risk of torture.

Oman: Human Rights Activist Said Jadad Released After Serving his Sentence

OMN - News | 01 September 2016

On 26 August 2016, Alkarama received confirmation that prominent Omani human rights defender Said Jadad was released after having served his one year prison sentence in the Arzat prison in Salalah. Jadad had been convicted in March 2015 of “using information technology to prejudice public order” for a social media post, in which he likened the 2014 Hong Kong protests to those in Dhofar in 2011.

Saudi Arabia: A 15-year-old Boy Detained Since 2014 for Participating in Peaceful Protests

KSA - News | 31 August 2016

On 21 September 2014, Murtaja Algariras, 13 years old at the time, was arrested by Saudi police on his way to Bahrain. During the investigation, Murtaja was tortured to extract confessions stating his participation in "illegal gatherings". Almost two years after his arrest, Murtaja has not yet been charged and no date has been set for his trial. Concerned over his fate, Alkarama referred his case to the Special Rapporteur on Freedoms of Peaceful Assembly and of Association (FPAA), requesting his intervention with the Saudi authorities.

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